March 7, 2015: ‘Building Art’ to benefit Ballet Western Reserve

“Building Art 2015,” the annual celebration of the artists and works happening at the Morley Arts Building in downtown Youngstown, will occur at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7. Located at 218 W. Boardman St., the center is home to Ballet Western Reserve, Ballet Western Reserve Center for Dance. The event will feature an interactive evening of art, music, theater and dance. Attendees will be able to choose from more than 15 (simultaneous and consecutive) lecture-style and performance events.

The fund-raising event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, coffee and tea.  A “Dinner for a Year” basket, including gift certificates from numerous area businesses, will be raffled off during the evening.

All proceeds from he event will go toward repairs and renovations of the Morley Building. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Call 330-744-1934 for tickets and more information.

“The arts community of the Morley Arts Building will once again put the fun in fundraising with this celebration of the Mahoning Valley’s most nurturing and productive creative venue,” said Staś Kmie, Ballet Western Reserve’s artistic director. “Repairs, renovation and updates at our facility are necessary and this event will allow the great work that is developed in this historic building to continue.”

Entertainment includes a performance by the Ballet Western Reserve Dance Company choreographed by Ballet Western Reserve faculty; vocalist Liz Rubino and members of Liz Rubino Studios theater program; vocalist Jimmy McClellan, accompanied by BWR’s Norman Toot; a preview of the YSU production of “Die Fledermaus,” in conjunction with Opera Western Reserve; a scene from the play “The Elephant Man”; an encore performance from the musical “Bare” by the Oakland Center for the Arts. In addition, the program will include participation by The Victorian Players; dancer Lindsay Renea; the Youngstown Dance Project; Glenn and Regina Stevens; The YOUnify Theatre Company; The Youngstown Playhouse; onsite photography and a display by Mark Stahl; a performance by classical guitarists Mike and Jay from YSU’s Dana School of Music; percussionist/instrumentalist Dylan Kollat; cellist Rev. Vit Fiala, OFM; artist Angelo LaMarca; an independent filmwork by Auggie Heschmeyer; “Cake-Tappery” with Jackie Cunningham; a demo/participation dance class; and artwork and instrumentalists from The Lewis School.

Ballet Western Reserve is a non-profit organization that teaches ballet, creative movement, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Visit for more information.

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